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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Red Wings

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (13-4-1) @ RED WINGS (8-3-5)

On Sunday night, fans at Joe Louis Arena will be privy to an Original Six matchup as the Canadiens take on the Red Wings in Detroit.

Michel Therrien’s troops landed in Michigan fresh off an impressive 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre on Saturday. The victory extended their winning streak to five straight games.

The Canadiens’ power play was the story of the game, as it came together to light the lamp three times on the night. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and Dale Weise scored two goals each, while Alex Galchenyuk and Tomas Plekanec each picked up three assists. Defenseman Sergei Gonchar also registered his first point in a Canadiens uniform, recording an assist on Parenteau’s second goal of the game in the third period. The 40-year-old Russian rearguard then picked up the 800th point of his NHL career by registering an assist on a Weise tally. For his part, Carey Price gave up three goals on 29 shots against.

The Red Wings are also coming off an impressive win in their last outing on Friday night in the Motor City. Mike Babcock’s squad bested the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1. Luke Glendening picked up two points, scoring a goal and adding an assist on a Tomas Tatar tally. Johan Franzen also scored, before Brendan Smith capped the scoring with an empty-netter. Goaltender Jimmy Howard made 26 saves for Detroit in the win.

Entering Sunday night’s action, the Canadiens sit atop the Atlantic Division with 27 points. The Red Wings rank fourth in the Atlantic Division with 21 points. They’ve come out on top in five of their last 10 games.

It should come as no surprise that Henrik Zetterberg leads the Red Wings with 17 points, while Gustav Nyquist is Detroit’s leading scorer with eight goals on the year. Max Pacioretty leads the Canadiens in both categories with eight goals and 15 points through 18 games.

Montreal has yet to confirm whether Carey Price or Dustin Tokarski will get the start in goal against Detroit.

The game is set to get underway at 7 p.m. EST. It will be broadcast on RDS and City TV.

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